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August 2, 2013

Happy Frigg's Day!

Frigg Spinning Clouds by John Charles Dollman, ca 1912
Friday got its name from Frigg, the wife of Odin, a Norse god revered by the ancient Romans.  The Anglo-Saxons (who rudely invaded Britain) adopted the Greek and Roman tradition of naming days of the week after the gods and over hundreds of years Frigg's Day became Friday.  

Okay, enough 5th grade Social Studies.  Let's get down to the
real reason to celebrate Fridays - Before and After projects!

 Before                                                                      After

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cuckoo 4 Design
Wouldn't this dresser make a darling addition to any nursery?

By leaving the original casters on this dresser it adds to its authenticity.


Emily Macleoud
As much as I adore natural finishes, sometimes

you just need a little paint on the wood.

This desk project is almost unbelievable:

Living Beautifully
Isn't this an utterly stunning transformation?

If you're hesitant to take on a large makeover,
consider starting with a simple chair.


Yesterday, as I was browsing the local Salvation Army thrift shop,
I came across a used bedroom set that had two Campaign Chest-ish side
tables.  They were only $15 each.  I should have scooped them up.

Normally I would say it's a desecration to paint Mid-Century
Modern pieces but this desk turned out great:

Wouldn't this little bamboo cabinet look darling at the beach?

It never ceases to amaze me what drastic
changes a little can of paint can bring about:
Weren't these inspiring Before & After projects?  If you're
out browsing at flea markets or thrift shops this weekend keep
an eye out for a bargain that you can redo.  Have fun!


  1. Those are all great transformations, Jan. Wow! Amazing what a little paint can do- xo Diana

  2. I love before and after photos. It is always amazing what a coat of paint and new hardware can do to a piece of furniture :)
    Thanks for the inspiring post.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  3. I like the chair, it looked so ordinary before, yet so stylish afterwards.
    And I learnt something new. I had no idea that is where Friday got its name.

  4. I grew up believing it was a crime to paint natural wood, but I'm learning from your before and after series that a little well-chosen paint can rescue a boring old piece and make it new and fun.